I now realize why it was fairly easy to get a reservation only 2 days in advance here during prime time on the Friday night before one of the biggest 2013 Notre Dame home football games. We both had king cut prime rib, and they looked the right pink color as ordered medium rare, but they were tough, lukewarm, and lacking any juices. Even with two sides of au jus I had-the second was requested and brought very quickly, it was tough! The sides were ok as you got to choose 2. One of us had asparagus and mushrooms, and the other had a baked potato and asparagus as well. We both ordered a side soup as an appetizer. The French onion soup tasted canned with some cheese melted on top; the other soup was the soup of the day, which was Gouda Cheese & Red Peppers. It tasted very much like red pepper, but the cheese seemed curdled.
We parked on the street but almost moved to the lot once we saw one vacant spot because there were some characters around. One guy pretended to help me parallel park and then put his hand out for some money. Fortunately, I don’t carry money except for a hidden $20 in case of emergency, which this wasn’t! The car was untouched on our return so nothing negative happened. This side of the river in downtown South Bend still seems deserted at night! It had that Gary feeling.
We arrived about 30 minutes early but were promptly seated. No one was in line to be seated without a reservation-should have been an indicator of what was to come. The restaurant seemed to have sufficient staffing for the size and capacity, but most of them weren’t multi-tasking very well. While we were his only table, I think, our waiter did a mediocre job taking our order, bringing our drinks, and checking up once or so. Other servers brought the soups and the entrees. About the time we were served our main dishes, a table of 8 was seated nearby: 4 couples, but the men were at one end and the women at the other. They all were drinking wine, but the men and one lady red and the other 3 ladies white or vice versa. It took the waiter over 20 minutes of going back and forth to the bar to get their wine situation under minimal control before he even glanced over at us again. By this time, we had finished eating and were ready for our check and a to-go box, which we had to request a second time when he brought the check and refilled my water. There is so much room for improvement here, but I know I won’t be back to see if it ever happens! I could go on and on but will just leave it here for others to decide. I hope they have better service and food than we did!
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